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Where the Fairy Tale Comes to Life


Monte Carlo

The Prince's Palace in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

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Playground of the Riviera, elegant little Monaco measures only one square mile. Yet the outsize attractions of this jewel-like principality lure everyone from carefree honeymooners to countesses dripping with gems.

Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the expansive Monaco harbor glitters at night with lights from the world's lengthiest and most expensive yachts.

Stroll the Old Town, and see architecture that dates to Medieval times. Monaco is filled with vaulted passageways and narrow walkways, perfect places to sneak a kiss.

In the Prince's Palace atop the Rock of Monaco, some of the rooms are open to the public, revealing spots where his Serene Highness Prince Rainier III and Grace Kelly carried on their life-long romance.

Allow yourselves to become intoxicated by the scents from Jardin Exotique in Monaco, where more than 7,000 types of flowers bloom, and the exquisite Princess Grace Rose Garden flourishes.

Architecture buffs will want to see the Paris Opera House and the Monaco Grand Casino, highlighted with rococo turrets, verdigris cupolas, and golden chandeliers. When the sun goes down, the chips fall where you are. A range of table games are wagered on in the baroque casino, and there's entertainment in Le Cabaret and Jimmy's disco.

Diverting on its own, Monaco is an ideal place to pause en route to the south of France or northern Italy. Half-day jaunts to charming places such as Cap Ferrat on the coast, Nice, La Turbie, and Menton are all manageable. Allow at least a full day for Cannes, Saint-Tropez, or San Remo.

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